The cocoa beans grow inside pods, with each bean covered in a white pulp called mucilage. To extract the beans, our farmers either open the pods with a machete, or by hitting them with a club.
This allows the beans to fall out or to be separated from the fibers that they are attached to inside the pod. Between 20 to 40 beans will be extracted per pod. The beans from each pod are sorted, and only the healthiest kept.